Pharmacology and Toxicology, MS, PhD - Curriculum & Duration

Our post-baccalaureate program in pharmacology and toxicology is designed for full or part-time study and research. You should have undergraduate preparation in mathematics through calculus, biology and mammalian anatomy, chemistry, biochemistry, and general physics. Required graduate courses include molecular pharmacology, journal club, graduate seminar, and research ethics. Other courses may be taken to complement your individual research interests.

Master's of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree requirements include the preparation and defense of a research thesis. During the first year, coursework and laboratory rotations enable you to become familiar with the research activities and expertise of the pharmacology and toxicology faculty. You will select a research topic and develop a thesis proposal with guidance from a faculty adviser. You will need to complete an independent laboratory research project under the supervision of a research advisory committee.

Pharmacology and Toxicology, MS

MS in Pharmacology and Toxicology program combines didactic course study with independent laboratory research to provide students with a solid knowledge foundation and hands-on research skills for a professional career. All graduate courses highlight student active learning and emphasize the integration of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology and statistics. Students propose, develop, and perform an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty Research Advisor and other Research Advisory Committee members. All MS students are required to have thesis defense before a Thesis Examination Committee including Research Advisory Committee members and an external reviewer.

The MS degree requires the completion of at least 20 credits of coursework and a minimum of 10 credits research. Courses fulfilling the didactic course requirement should be primarily courses at the 700 or 800 level required by the program and Research Advisor/Advisory Committee. A maximum of 6 credits of courses at the 300 or 400 level can be accounted for this requirement.

Prerequisites

The program pre-requires the following courses (or equivalent courses) with a minimum of 3 credits for each. Students can complete these prerequisites after matriculation.

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Biostatistics

Required Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 786 Research Ethics 1 credit
PC 801 Research Literature in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Credits: 1 for 2 semesters’ attendance (required in each semester except the final one)
PC 811 Research Techniques Laboratory 3 credits
PC 821 Molecular Pharmacology 3 credits
PC 880 Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Seminar Credits: 1 for 2 semesters’ attendance (required in each semester except the final one)
PC 799 Research (Master's Level) Minimum of 10 credits

All MS degree students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 10 research credits and defend Master’s thesis. Submission of peer-reviewed manuscript is strongly recommended.

Elective Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
PC 440 Pharmacology 4 credits
PC 760 Biopharmaceutical Proteins: Principles and Applications 3 credits
PC 822 Drug Discovery Neuro Disorder 3 credits
PC 851 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology I 3 credits
PC 852 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology II 3 credits
PC 853 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology III 3 credits
PC 854 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology IV 3 credits
BS 750 Virology 3 credits
BS 761 Advanced Cell Biology 3 credits
BS 767 Cell Biology Methods 3 credits
BS 764 Biotechnology 3 credits
CB 880 Molecular Screening 2 credits
CH 728 Advanced Biochemistry 3 credits
ST 701 Design & Analysis of Experiments 3 credits
ST 702 Statistical Principles in Bioassay 3 credits
ST 704 Statistics for Research 3 credits
BW 701 Writing in Science 3 credits

Duration

It usually takes a full-time student about 2 years to complete the MS in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Pharmacology and Toxicology, PhD

PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology program combines didactic course study with an in-depth independent research project to provide students with a solid knowledge foundation and advanced research expertise for being experts in the field. All graduate courses highlight student active learning and emphasize the integration of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology and statistics. Pre-doctoral students must pass written and oral comprehensive qualifying exams to achieve doctoral candidacy. Students propose, develop, and perform an in-depth independent research project under the guidance of a faculty Research Advisor and other Research Advisory Committee members. All PhD students are required to have thesis defense before a Thesis Examination Committee including Research Advisory Committee members and an external reviewer. Publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals is expected.

The PhD degree requires the completion of at least 20 credits of coursework and a minimum of 20 credits research. Courses fulfilling the didactic course requirement for the PhD degree should be primarily core courses at the 700 or 800 level required by the program and Research Advisor/Advisory Committee.  A maximum of 6 credits of courses at the 300 or 400 level can be accounted for this requirement. The following courses are typically required.

Prerequisites

The program pre-requires the following courses (or equivalent courses) with a minimum of 3 credits for each. Students can complete these prerequisites after matriculation.

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Biostatistics

Required Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 786 Research Ethics 1 credit
PC 801 Research Literature in Pharmacology and Toxicology 1 credit  for 2 semesters’ attendance
(required in each semester except the final one)
PC 811 Research Techniques Laboratory 3 credits
PC 821 Molecular Pharmacology 3 credits
PC 880 Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Seminar 1 credit for 2 semesters’ attendance
(required in each semester except the final one)
PC 899 Research (Doctor's Level) Minimum of 20 credits

All PhD degree students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 20 research credits and defend PhD thesis. Submission of at least one peer-reviewed manuscript is required.

Elective Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
PC 440 Pharmacology 4 credits
PC 760 Biopharmaceutical Proteins: Principles and Applications 3 credits
PC 822 Drug Discovery Neuro Disorder 3 credits
PC 851 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology I 3 credits
PC 852 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology II 3 credits
PC 853 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology III 3 credits
PC 854 Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology IV 3 credits
BS 750 Virology 3 credits
BS 761 Advanced Cell Biology 3 credits
BS 767 Cell Biology Methods 3 credits
BS 764 Biotechnology 3 credits
CB 880 Molecular Screening 2 credits
CH 728 Advanced Biochemistry 3 credits
ST 701 Design & Analysis of Experiments 3 credits
ST 702 Statistical Principles in Bioassay 3 credits
ST 704 Statistics for Research 3 credits
BW 701 Writing in Science 3 credits

Duration

It usually takes a full-time student 5-6 years to complete PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Contact:

Bin Chen, PhD

Address:

Office Location: Pharmacology/Toxicology Center Room 244
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7481

Email:

b.chen@usciences.edu